|An Interview for a small magazine
||[Aug. 9th, 2010|10:29 pm]
1. First of all, the most standard question in the book: How did you get into photography?
i guess it all started when i was a young girl .. completely obsessed with all details and textures... But It was only until i received my first 35mm camera when i was 15, that i found a way to capture the beauty i felt and saw around me. So i kind of became obsessed with photography -- it was an outlet... a way to describe the life i saw, and the never ending beauty nature can create. I started doing some experiments with photography in the darkroom ... it came to me really naturally..like, i never felt like i had to learn technical aspects of photography, or follow a rule book or anything like that. So i really started understanding the camera as more of a paintbrush, rather then a technical documentation tool. My camera has been my third hand since then.
2. Tell us a little about where you live.
Well... I live in a suburb.. it's pretty lame, but i've found some secret spots over the years that i crawl away into a lot.. and that makes things better. It's a place I call home, but not a place i will always call home. i live a lot through my dreams... much more then in my waking life. There - it usually has an incredibly dense, blue fog hovering at the stumps of tall redwood trees... where i'm digging through old attics, being chased by witches and hiding in hidden compartments... i like it better there.
3. Did you study, or are you studying, photography? If not, how did you learn?
I took a few classes in high school where i kind of just taught myself through trial and error over time. I have also taken a couple of classes in college, but thats always funny for me... cause the professors try and tell me how to do something and i just kind of laugh... not intentionally at them or anything.. it's just that, these professors always try and teach me photography like there is a right and wrong way of doing it... where i truly believe there is no "right" way of doing any kind of art. I usually laugh because although they are giving me advice, it will never change how i am doing things, or what i am photographing.. because it's just the way i do it.
4. What camera do you use primarily?
I was using a old dead stock russian lc-a for a while, but every-time i bought a new one, it would drop into the ocean, or disappear into the dirt.. so recently my friend lent me her camera.. it's some kind of minolta slr with a macro lens on it. I tend to use any camera thats available at the time.
5. If you could go anywhere in the world to take photographs, where would you go?
Iceland and Himalayas.... but, anywhere will really do.
6. Do you always have preconceived concepts of what you want to shoot?
I usually just have a setting in mind, but hardly ever have a dead set concept on what i'm going to shoot. Mostly all of my photos are my best friend and I exploring with a bag of costumes on our backs and a camera around my neck. Really, all I'm ever trying to do in a photograph is to capture that ultimate, ebbing beauty nature holds... I just wait for the right moment when you can see it glow, and take the photo.
7. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?
My cat raja ... it always seems so lovely napping all day in the sun.
9. Describe your average day.
I wake up during a time when the sun is already golden before sunset ... go into my garden, collect cherry tomatoes and pop em' into my mouth even before they leave the vine, wait for twilight hour, take a walk and collect natural specimens, work on my etsy shop a little bit, read, drink some tea, look through old family photos, ignore modern civilization as they watch their late night televisions and watch my dark night sky on the grass in my backyard... and then, after that.. it's fare game.. but i usually make it to sleep around 4 or 5am, and start over.
10. What is your favorite book and why?
I really enjoy old fables and folklore. My favorites include Aesops fables and a book called "The Heart of The Ancient Wood" .. I enjoy them most because they are life lessons, wonder and old-wordly tales all in one... they remind me of bed time stories that make you dream of big castles and long golden hair. But i think also, i enjoy them mostly because these tales are a lost piece of our past, that has seemed to have stopped being recycled to our children of modern times.. and are no longer being created by great wise thinkers.. but only being read by the ones who love the past just as much as i do.
11. What would you say is the most important quality in an artist?
Being 100% genuine to oneself. Only creating because you need to create, not because you want to be an artist.
12. What do you do when you have a creative block?
I mostly wait until i feel something again.. But rarely create, or try and induce creating if not inspired.
13. Describe your most vivid dream.
The last dream that really sticks out in my mind was one i had a couple of months ago. I only remember one very strong visual... walking in deep forest, coming across a group of nude humans circling a hole in the ground... going up to the hole and seeing it slowly draining a murky muddy water.. and as the water drains i see bits of hands, arms and fingertips that are pushed into the inside of this hole... as the water drains more, it becomes apparent that these limbs are attached to many bodies .. they are living but slightly disformed. I hear squealing and see everything wiggling.. and they start freeing themselves from this mud. I turned to grab my camera in my bag and when i looked back up the hole was completely drained, with only long golden vines hanging from the sides now. The people surrounding the hole were gone and only a single fingernail was still attached to a piece of the hole wall..
That was a good one.
14. What is your most treasured possession?
i have a package of my most beloved original photo prints that stays by my door at all times incase of a disaster .. so i can grab it and save it from the flames before it is destroyed.. this is my only true possession..
15. What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you while taking photos?
While shooting photos for the musician TwinSisterMoon I was mistaken as an actual ghost in a psych-ward by three young boys. It was actually quite refreshing to be thought as a spirit rather then a human for a few moments...
16. What are your future professional plans? Do you plan to pursue photography?
My goal is to move out to the pacific north west, buy a small home in the woods, and start a large garden.. I don't have much profesional plans, as i can never see myself as a professional. But, photography will always be my main passion, and will be consistently worked on.
17. What advice do you have for your fellow up-and-coming photographers?
Be true to yourself. Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you need to know the rules before you take a photo.
18. Any last words?